Key- Shapes in the left hand corner are days that I rode. I'm using the vet symbol for lessons. The ribbons are shows. I haven't quite figured out what combo of symbols to use for clinics yet. The app I am using is okay, but has a lot of room for improvement.
11/1-Arrived home late in the evening from our trip to the Breeder's Cup sick.
We flew in and out of Louisville because it was way cheaper than flying to Lexington. Can you see Churchill Downs in the picture? Seeing it made me want to go to the Derby again.
11/2-11/7- Full-fledged death flu. Every time I fly, I pick up some form of illness. EVERY. TIME.
11/8- Wherein I drug my sick self out to the barn because I had a show coming up. Indy rewarded me for her nice vacation by having a tantrum and acting like she was going to throw herself on the ground. Over walk/halt, halt/walk transitions.
11/9- Repeat of the day before.
11/10- A much needed lesson. After the previous two days, I had abandoned all hope that it would go well. Indy suddenly decided to act all angelic right after I told my trainer how big of a hag she had been for the previous two rides.
11/12- Another lesson, this time in the arena on the hill, where Indy decided to behave.
11/13- Indy had filling in her left ankle, but was sound on it. We had a very light, quick ride.
11/14- Her first show. Not great, but not a disaster. She was calm and behaved for the most part.
My trainer taking pics because getting Indy to that first show took a hell of a lot of time and effort.
11/15-11/18- I didn't ride in hopes that the flu from Hell would finally go away.
11/19- Another lesson. I didn't lunge and Indy was fresh from the four days off, but settled down fairly quick for her. We ended up having another good lesson.
11/20-11/21- Two more good rides.
11/23-11/24-Two VERY good rides.
11/25-The lesson where Indy tried to buck me off.
11/27-An okay ride.
11/29-Tracey Lert Clinic. No serious mishaps, learned a lot. Loved riding with her (post coming soon)!
If you take out the days I was sick, I actually rode 15/20 days and Indy only had one day off between rides otherwise. Obviously, 15 rides a month isn't going to be enough, but I'll give myself a pass considering the ten days that I felt like I was dying. I would have liked to have gotten a lesson or two more in, four of them still helped a lot though. Add the show and the clinic to those and this turned out to be a pretty good month when it comes to learning.
I liked the three days of being ridden/one day off schedule for Indy. For the most part, it seemed to work well.
This is Aggie, one of the horses in training at the track, who Indy seems to be the dressage version of. Aggie ended up being worth all of the extra time and effort, hopefully Indy will too.
Plans for December riding-
I'd like to get on a four days on, one off, three days on, one off schedule since she is getting more fit and stronger. There are no shows or clinics that I know of yet, so I'm going to try to get as many lessons in as possible.
Indy is getting laser therapy and a chiro adjustment on Saturday. We will do thermal imaging too, so it will be interesting to see what that shows.
On Sunday, she has a Portraiture session that I'm super excited about! I was going to body clip her, but she is already starting to shed out and one of my rules is to never body clip after they start shedding because it always seems to make their coats look nasty once it starts growing again. Of course I would own an elephant that hairs up in 100°+ weather in September and starts shedding when the low gets down to 35° in December.
What's it like to have a normal, predictable horse? I've forgotten.